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Switzerland has an insurance based health system where most residents pay their own premiums.
Now then :-) It was only a few weeks ago you were claiming and insisting the Swiss health, um, insurance, wasn't in fact insurance at all.

If people choose branded drugs over generics it costs 'the system' money.
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Re: Nurofen - English pain killers in Switzerland

How could this get to 4 pages! I love EF. Someone please make a tedious link to Brexit. Preferably JackieH.
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Re: Nurofen - English pain killers in Switzerland

Can't help you here this time, sorry
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Re: Nurofen - English pain killers in Switzerland

You know, my UK GP prescribes me branded medications and when I pick them I tell them I get free prescriptions. ;-)
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Re: Nurofen - English pain killers in Switzerland

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Now then :-) It was only a few weeks ago you were claiming and insisting the Swiss health, um, insurance, wasn't in fact insurance at all.

If people choose branded drugs over generics it costs 'the system' money.
What I said, was the premiums were not based on the individual risk, as someone who is 75 pays the same premium as someone who is 30 living at the same address with same excess.

In the 19 years 11 months I lived in CH, my health insurance paid out ZERO, so a moot point on buying nurofen v ibuprofen as I paid 100% of the cost of any medication there was ZERO cost to the system.
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How could this get to 4 pages!
Luckily though, I am not getting a head ache
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The other 'clever' thing they did was make several variations of the product available to treat specific types of pain - headache, or back pain, or period pain.

All had exactly the same active ingredient - ibuprofen 200mg but the packaging is different.
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Low dose aspirin is available OTC in any US pharmacy - heck, even in grocery stores. (Walgreens generic price for 81mg aspirin: 500 count for a whopping $8.49.)
Different sides of the same coin.

There's a reason why the US have the highest pharma profit margins accompanied with significantly lower life expectancy. Of course there are many reasons for the latter, nonetheless "too much of a good thing" is bound to be reached when profit is the only measure used.
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Re: Nurofen - English pain killers in Switzerland

I see on UK TV that they're advertising Flarin ibuprofen - "Not just ibuprofen but ibuprofen for join pain" with also the claim "No other ibuprofen is more effective for joint pain" citing a study they did that showed no (statistical) difference between their product and any normal ibuprofen.

Nurofen made this claim for their "join pain ibuprofen" and the ad was banned. Let see how long the Flarin will continue for.
I see now that the advert was disallowed already back in Feb 2020.

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I see on UK TV that they're advertising Flarin ibuprofen - "Not just ibuprofen but ibuprofen for join pain" with also the claim "No other ibuprofen is more effective for joint pain" citing a study they did that showed no (statistical) difference between their product and any normal ibuprofen.

Nurofen made this claim for their "join pain ibuprofen" and the ad was banned. Let see how long the Flarin will continue for.
I see now that the advert was disallowed already back in Feb 2020.
That advert, for "Nurofen Joint and Back" was banned for specifically implying, via an animation, that the drug moved directly to the back area. Most other adverts for the same and related products have been allowed, given that they avoid using terminology, apart from the name. to suggest that there's anything special about the product.

Weasel words like you quote are as far as they're allowed to go. No other... is better could be seen simply as trying to persuade people that the cheaper versions (although I don't know if that is cheaper) are just as good as the more expensive brands, which I can't really see is a bad thing.
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Re: Nurofen - English pain killers in Switzerland

If the insurance companies really wanted to get us to move to generics they would pay the 10%. Still a win-win situation for them.
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